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Weekend Reading: Egypt’s Jews, Lebanon’s Mukhtars, and Saudi Arabia’s Women

December 4, 2015

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Hanin Ghaddar talks to Magda Haroun, head of Cairo’s Jewish community, about her people’s legacy to Egypt.

Nora Stel explores the role of mukhtars—elected neighborhood- or village-level state representatives—in Lebanon’s consociational political system.

Abdulrahman al-Rashed finds much to be optimistic about now that over nine hundred women will be running, for the first time, in Saudi Arabia’s upcoming municipal elections.